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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Cleveland

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Cleveland? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Cloak & Dagger restaurant
4.9 (980)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
About the restaurant
A cocktail lounge with focus on hospitality and craft located next to Lincoln Park in the historic Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Every time I visit Cloak & Dagger, it is truly special. The rotating menus and cocktails, the inclusive attention to detail for dietary restrictions, the staff, the ambiance -- everything is a 10/10. It's one of my most favorite places for a reason (and I suggest it to everyone).
A photo of SASA restaurant
4.7 (877)
$30 and under
Shaker Heights
About the restaurant
Located at historic Shaker Square, SASA is a Japanese Izakaya restaurant. SASA's menu reflects global inspiration while maintaining the tradition and beauty of Japanese cooking. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, an extensive sake list, and craft beers on tap. Whether a night out with friends, dinner with family, or a business dinner, SASA will create a memorable evening.

SASA has a REME HALO® indoor air purification system that uses U.V. filtration & hydro-peroxide plasma to inactivate bacteria & viruses to make our indoor dining room safer than ever.

We welcome you to SASA!

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
This cozy Asian fusion restaurant never disappoints. We have had many meals here, with friends or on our own. SASA fries are the best I've ever tasted. The sushi is always fresh, gorgeous, and delicious. We have favorite dishes but are often tempted to try something new off the specials menu.
A photo of Table 45 restaurant
4.6 (1189)
$30 and under
Cleveland East
About the restaurant
Table 45 offers cutting-edge contemporary dining, emphasizing world cuisine, located in the heart of the city at the InterContinental Cleveland, only minutes from downtown, the Cleveland Clinic and University Circle.

The menu features tastes from around the world and home, all created by our chefs from whole ingredients. You can enjoy watching our culinary team from the open kitchen area or elevate your dining experience by booking Table 45, our Chef's Table, directly in the kitchen with a full view of all the action. The warm and vibrant atmosphere will suit those dressed in jeans or couture.

Table 45 promises to be unlike any other dining experience in the Midwest. The restaurant's existentialist decor will provide a backdrop for the main attraction, the culinary teams simple, yet exquisite, cuisine and the people who experience it.

Top review
Dined on Apr 4, 2024
Food was delicious. Not happy with the parking fee on top of expensive food prices.
A photo of Crumb & Spigot - Chagrin Falls restaurant
4.6 (73)
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
Chagrin Falls
About the restaurant
From the atmosphere to the menu, everything here is carefully curated to create a pleasant and interesting dining experience for those who visit. Cleveland magazine named it one of the 25 best restaurants in the city and its busy dining room only affirms that fact. Crumb & Spigot's menu is best described as a Gastro Pub, usually boisterous, with a near equal emphasis on quality eating and drinking. Starters include Mussels with jalapeño lemon butter, house made Soft Pretzels with triple mustard and Dry-Aged Meatballs. For entrées, diners can choose between The Bar Steak with whiskey mustard and mushroom pan sauce served with crispy bit potatoes or sandwiches like the Lobster Burger or Carolina Pulled Pork. Pizzas take main focus with our wood fired oven making our Speck and Mushroom pizza the center of attention notwithstanding a heavy influence of vegan and vegetarian options like the Spaghetti Squash with arugula coulis and Vegan Lasagna with house made ricotta.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
The food @ Crumb & Spigot is delicious! I love that they take reservations, unlike the previous owners. It’s very dark inside & loud (it was a Friday night), but worth going, because the food is so good, & it’s reasonably priced. Plus, the drinks are worth trying, too. I ordered a Margarita, which was not on the menu, & it was made to perfection! For dinner, I had the Chicken Milanese, & roasted carrots, as an extra side. Both were great! My friend had the meatballs, which were fantastic, along w/ the Mortadella Pizza, which was one of the best I’ve ever had! If you haven’t dined @ Crumb & Spigot, go. You won’t be disappointed!
A photo of Goma restaurant
4.6 (519)
$31 to $50
Downtown Cleveland
About the restaurant
GOMA is a new Japanese fusion located at the corner of E. 4th and Prospect in downtown Cleveland. As Dante Boccuzzi’s newest restaurant, the menu draws upon Chef Boccuzzi’s worldwide award-winning culinary career, which includes serving as the executive chef at Nobu in Milan, where he worked directly with Nobu Matsuhisa and Giorgio Armani at the flagship establishment. **Validation for parking through East 4th Street Valet is available upon request.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Great and creative sushi. So happily surprised to find world class sushi in Cleveland
A photo of edwins too restaurant
4.6 (348)
$31 to $50
Cleveland East
About the restaurant
Edwins Too is a new fine dining concept by EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute and Brandon Chrostowski. The team behind the acclaimed fine French eatery and training center, where formerly incarcerated adults gain foundational culinary and hospitality skills, invites epicureans and enthusiasts to escape the tried and true and experience a culinary adventure.

Edwin's Too is open for Brunch, 10:30-2:30 Saturday and Sunday.

“edwins too allows our students, graduates and Management Fellows to elevate their crafts, and showcase the healing power of food, while delivering on the EDWINS promise to strengthen, support and enrich the community.”

Top review
Dined on Apr 8, 2024
Wonderful service, food, and experience! One of our favorite places.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Lyndhurst restaurant
4.5 (2159)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
The Melting Pot Lyndhurst is a modern, romantic, interactive, upscale, casual & fun fondue restaurant. From an intimate dinner for 2, to a girl’s night out, to a banquet of 100, The Melting Pot Lyndhurst is a place to escape the day to day & relax! Our beautifully appointed dining rooms, superior service, Wine Spectator award winning wine list, luscious and creamy cheese fondues, crisp seasonal salads, succulent entrees including steak, lobster, chicken, shrimp, vegan & vegetarian meals plus our decadent chocolate fondue desserts make for a perfect dinning experience in casual elegance! Winner of Smart Business Magazine's 2007 World Class Service Award for the Great Escape, the 2005 Silver Spoon award for best new restaurant & winner of Wine Spectator's 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 Best wine list!
Top review
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
All was great. Only disappointment was that I notified restaurant ahead of time that we were coming to celebrate a birthday. The hostess even said something when we arrived. Nothing was communicated to our server. Thought it should have been communicated by the hostess to the server as a surprise. I said something as we finished our meal.
A photo of BrightSide-Cleveland restaurant
4.4 (86)
$30 and under
Ohio City
About the restaurant
Delicious & nutritious.

Chef Andrew Bower and Kyle Fioretti.

We source all seasonal produce and meats fresh from local, organic Northeast Ohio farms. And every component of every dish is made from scratch using the highest-quality ingredients. Located by the Cleveland staple, The Westside Market. Our atmosphere brings you light, bright and chic accents with a bit of pizzaz. Our extensive wine list features standouts and a captains list of special flavors exclusive to our location.


Wed-Thurs: 4pm-12am
Fri: 4pm-2:30am
Sat: 11am-2:30am
Sun: 11am-6pm


1948 W 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 274-1010

*Reservations available for groups of 10 or more

Top review
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
Overall the experience was great. It was our first time in for brunch and our server, Tyler, was outstanding! Very knowledgeable of the menu and attentive to our table. The food was delicious. The bartender making our drinks changed half way and each drink was prepared poorly and much differently as the first bartender so there is a quality control issue there.
A photo of Antonio's BrewWall restaurant
4.4 (7)
$30 and under
Broadview Heights
About the restaurant
At the BrewWall we’re proud to offer rotating craft beers,wines and sours on tap. Pizza is more than just food- it’s a way of life. It’s one of the few meals that we still gather around, share, and break bread with our friends and family.
Top review
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Enjoyed ourselves! Will definitely return to try other menu items
A photo of The Haunted House Restaurant restaurant
4.2 (3475)
$30 and under
Cleveland Heights
About the restaurant
If you are into unique restaurant concepts and love horror movies. The Haunted House Restaurant in Cleveland Heights have created something for you.

Senior Executive Chef: SuperChef Darnell Ferguson
Signature Dish: The Twilight

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Great experience. Good food. Service was decent not outstanding
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